C&O Canal

Throughout 2018, I worked on a project to interpret the history of African American Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees at the C&O Canal. In short, these young men re-built what would become C&O Canal NHP from Georgetown to Great Falls, about twenty-two miles, and would have re-built the entire corridor if not for WWII.

The primary outcome of this work was a NPS Special History Study, a research document balancing interpretation with documentation for future reference by NPS staff. It won some awards. It led to some exhibit installations. I am very proud and humbled.

Below are links to the final product and related media.

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African American CCC workers open a gate at Lock 5 while another worker clears debris to allow the NPS excursion boat, the “Canal Clipper,” to pass, 1941. Photo credit: National Archives at College Park